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Old 03-11-2018, 09:32 PM
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I just received a custom order DW Collectors snare. I noticed within the ply construction of the shells two little rectangles. After looking at the local drum shop a collectors set and multiple snares had them as well. My set is a Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute and the ply construction doesn't have these.

What is going on with this? Are they intentional or gaps from poor construction?
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:45 PM
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Old 03-12-2018, 03:54 AM
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I'd be on the telephone getting to the bottom of it.

I appreciate you posting this more than words can ever express. I've had DW in my sights for quite some time now, as far as my dream kit goes, so am hoping there's a sound explanation for such fragments in their shells.

Do post a follow-up related to your findings when you can.
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Its a ply gap. It happens to just about every shell made with straight, butt jointed seams. Never look at Gretsch drums if you have concerns over ply gaps in your drums.

This one is really small. Less than 1/32nd of an inch if each of those plys are 1/36th of an inch thick. If you think about it, they probably cut the plys correct and they may have sat just a half hour too long on the shelves before building the drum leading to a slight shrinking of the wood. John Good talks about how the humidity in Oxnard can change from day to day, hour to hour. It makes building drums rather difficult.

Overall, its really not a big deal. A tiny gap like that wont effect the sound of the drum. I have seen USA Customs come to me with gaps 3 times that size and no one cared to fill it. They just left it as a hole in the shell. The drums still sounded good.
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Old 03-12-2018, 02:42 PM
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And just to add to Tommy D's explanation, it goes across 3 plies as that's how the sheets are laid up. So 3 plies together as one sheet. Not a drama and at least it's been shimmed.
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:19 PM
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Just filling holes in the ply as Tommy said. Looks like a wooden plug and not filler putty.
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Many thanks for weighing-in on this, Tommy_D.
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